A group of Air Slovakia employees returned to Slovakia on Wednesday, January 20, from Tirana, Albania, after waiting there for three days to leave. One other crew member was reported to have remained in Albania due to passport problems. Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák will leave for Albania on Thursday, January 21 to discuss the incident, sme.sk and TV Markíza reported.
TV Markíza also reported that two Air Slovakia aeroplanes rented by Albanian Airlines remain in Tirana but should be returned soon by another crew, which might leave on Thursday, January 21.
The latest development came after an Air Slovakia plane was diverted to Bratislava on Sunday, January 17. The plane, with 110 passengers on board, had departed Tirana, Albania, on Sunday bound for Bologna, Italy, on a route that Air Slovakia operates on behalf of its business partner, Albanian Airlines, the TASR newswire reported. However, the flight landed at Bratislava Airport instead of Bologna. Air Slovakia told The Slovak Spectator that the diversion was solely down to technical problems. sme.sk, TV Markíza
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Jan 2010 at 10:00